November is National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo!
Each year, writers from all over the world commit to writing a novel in 30 days. Even if you're not a fiction writer, you can still participate and write non-fiction or work on any project you'd like to dedicate your time to.
I participate in NaNoWriMo every year. For me, it's not about whether or not I finish the book. It's about setting the intention, dedicating myself to a project that's been dwelling in my heart, and getting started. It’s about allowing time to put myself first for a change and doing something that makes my soul happy. I cherish that one hour I set aside each day—my sacred writing time.
Don't get me wrong, I'm busy just like you, so I have to get creative with my schedule. I like to plan my daily writing for the morning when I’m most productive and while the house is still quiet. If you're a night owl, the evening might be better for you. The key is to find what works and stick to it!
Don't think you can do it? Too busy? Before you start compiling reasons why you CAN'T do it, let's break it down:
My goal = 50,000 words
# of writing days = 30 days
= 1,666 words per day (Target Daily Word Count)
Since I know I average 1500-2000 words per hour during uninterrupted writing time, this means if I dedicate one hour to writing each day, I can finish a first draft in 30 days or fewer. If I miss a day, I'll make up for my lost word count the following day or over the weekend when I have extra time.
What's the worst that could happen? I might only finish half my book? At least I will have started my project, and in 30 days, I’ll be much further along than I am today.
Tips for getting started:
📚 Set aside some time to prepare for the journey ahead. Brainstorm and outline your book idea, create a sacred writing space that’s all your own, and put your goals in writing, including your target daily word count. Download my free 44-page Book Writing Planner to help map out your book-writing journey.
📚 Do any necessary research on your topic. The better prepared you are before you begin, the less likely you'll be to become stuck or get writer’s block down the road.
📚 Sign up at NaNoWriMo.org. Use one of the social media graphics they offer to declare that you are participating this year. This will not only set your dreams in motion, but it will also help hold you accountable.
📚 Fill out your NaNoWriMo profile and find some buddies. My username is Shanda_Trofe. Let's buddy up! I’d love to connect.
📚 Get started on November 1st when NaNoWriMo begins. I’ll be documenting my journey and offering inspiration and support inside my Facebook group, One Page Per Day. Join us and then search for hashtag #nanowrimo to easily find all related posts over the upcoming month.
So, are you ready to make the commitment? If so, head over to NaNoWriMo.org to get started.
By the way, it’s free!